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Colour-changing robot inspired by octopus

The cephalopod’s impressive camouflage led scientists to create a rubbery new robot.

Snake disease decoded

Three snakes have helped researchers decode a mysterious disease.

What makes Paris look like Paris?

Visual data mining of Google identifies cities’ distinctive details.

Bioengineers developed an artificial jellyfish

Medusoid is the brainchild of professor Kevin Kit Parker and a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Using silicone and muscle cells taken from a rat’s heart,…

Van Gogh could have painted this

Why is the corona hotter than the surface beneath it? Vincent van Gogh’s painting techniques may hold the answer.

Snow leopards found in den

Mother snow leopards and their cubs have been filmed in their den in Mongolia’s Tost Mountains for the first time.

The science behind Spiderman

The blockbuster The Amazing Spiderman has plenty of physics and quantitative biology references. To get things right, the filmmakers consulted with James Kakalios, a physics lecturer at the University of Minnesota who wrote the book…

Higgs boson: the quest continues

After years and years, the quest seems to be over”¦ or at least that is what we expect to hear next week, when CERN’s scientists unveil their results at the at the 36th International…

Machine playing instruments

Who would have thought that machines could ‘play’ instruments. PureTune used an Atari 800XL (organ), HP Scanjet 3P (vocals), Texas Instrument Ti-99/4A (guitar) and a hard-drive powered by a microcontroller (bass drum and cymbal)…

Magnificent Vesta

A new video from NASA shows Vesta’s true colours. Vesta, according to data gathered by the Dawn mission, used to be an ancient planet; had it formed nearer to the Sun, it might…

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